Who should buy the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor

The Ultra Raptor is a solid option from La Sportiva for trail runners who need the following:

  • a rugged shoe that can go off-trail shoe
  • a shoe for long-distance running up to an Ultra
  • a trail shoe that can do hiking

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor la sportiva side

Who should NOT buy this trail shoe

If you want a similarly protective (rock plate included), stable, and supportive trail shoe but don't want to feel weighed down by the bulk, consider Altra Lone Peak 6 or Saucony Peregrine 12.

La Sportiva’s foot protection is off the charts!

In addition to the full-length rock guard, the foot remains protected thanks to the generously cushioned sole, the hard-wearing upper, and the highly durable toe bumper. According to the runners, all of the above keep you safe from bumps and bruises on rocky terrain.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor pt 2 green outsole

An expert reviewer calls it "absolutely bomber" when it comes to protection. Sharp stones, debris, and other trail challenges will be the least of your worries thanks to this La Sportiva shoe. She also refers to the toebox as "one of the burliest that we've seen!" You really won't feel anything when accidentally kicking a stone on the run.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor toe bumper

Toothy treads bite everything

The FriXion XF outsole delivers full-length durable traction specifically designed for rocky and technical terrain. The impact lugs aggressively bite into the ground with every landing, keeping you confident.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor green lugs

Comfort in the midsole

The midsole unit of the shoe uses injected molded EVA that delivers a generous amount of cushioning. With 29 mm of stack in the heel and 22 mm in the forefoot, the Ultra Raptor comes close to max-cushioned trail shoes. This is what makes it so comfortable and supportive for many miles at a time, be it a daily run or an Ultra marathon.

      La Sportiva Ultra Raptor green midsole

It also uses the Flex Transfer Shank that is specifically designed for torsional rigidity. This enhances the shoe's side-to-side stability and makes it feel almost like a stability shoe (recommended for flat feet and overpronation).

Breathable cover

The upper of the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor is very breathable because of the air mesh cover that encompasses almost the entire upper. The flexible material offers a sublime fit. The lacing harness extends from the lacing eyelets to the midsole for a snug fit.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor upper

That's a big boy (heavy)

The Ultra Raptor turns out to be heavier than many other trail running shoes on the market. Tipping the scales at 12.1 oz (343 g), it is 13% heavier than the average 10.5 oz (298 g).

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor heavy

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Trail
Weight: Men 12.1oz / Women 10.3oz
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Neutral
Update: La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II
Forefoot height: Men 21mm / Women 19mm
Heel height: Men 29mm / Women 27mm

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Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.